Leah M. Medrano
After a 35-year career as a location manager, Eric brings a wealth of knowledge and problem-solving skills as the Manager for the Permit Department. He served as 2016/17 President of the Location Managers Guild International. He’s a true industry veteran, having worked on many large-scale film and TV productions such as Black Rain, Indecent Proposal, Ghost, Anywhere but Here, ER, and Hart of Dixie.
Media & Communications
Before joining the California Film Commission Joseph has also worked for the State of Caifornia Department of Corporations and Department of Social Services. Joseph is a native New Yorker and an alumni of Antioch College and U.S. Navy veteran. Joseph enjoys music, dancing, tennis and volleyball. A favorite quote is: “Anyone who keeps the ability to see life’s beauty never grows old in heart or spirit”
Laura’s friendly voice will likely be the one you hear when calling the CFC’s office as she’s stationed at our front desk to handle reception and general office work. She joins us from the California Highway Patrol. She studied Cinema at San Francisco State University and also worked as a TV production assistant. In her spare time, Laura enjoys swimming, DIYing and studying to one day compete on Jeopardy.
Location Resource Center
Lisa joined the California Film Commission in 1987 after years as a librarian with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and participated in a job exchange program with the British Film Institute. As the manager of the CFC’s Location Resource Center, Lisa supervises the organization of location photographs and contact information to permit offices statewide, while providing location and production assistance. She expanded the CFC’s hardcopy photo library and online location resource – CinemaScout - bringing all resources into the digital age. Recently, Lisa also completed four decades as a part-time librarian with the Beverly Hills Public Library. She holds a USC Master of Science in Library Science and a UCLA Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Film. Working at the CFC alongside expert colleagues, creative film commissioners, and brilliant location professionals is a true calling and the joy of her life.
Tax Credit Program
After spending four decades in the trenches as an Assistant Director and Production Manager, with over 100 credits that include E.T. – The Extraterrestrial, The Blues Brothers, and The Walking Dead, and filming locations throughout the US and Europe, Jerram left the glamor of 16-hour workdays for the comparative sanity of the life of an analyst at the film commission, which he says is “one of the smartest moves I ever made.” Occasional lecturer, also Producer/Director/Lyricist for six seasons of The Pasadena Follies.
David is the Permit Coordinator for the Caltrans desk at the CFC. He studied Film and Television Production at San Diego State University, and produced the award-winning shorts, Good Morning, Dave, Four for a Quarter, and the well-received Wordmeister series of educational videos. In his spare time David enjoys refurbishing old spoons and taking correspondence courses in breakdancing.
Brandy works as the Permit Coordinator for State Beaches, Parks, and Buildings. She joins us from State Parks’ Angeles District, where she worked for nearly three years. Before working for the State, she produced a number of non-fiction programs – from clip shows and talk shows to docu-reality series. Brandy also served as casting director for an independent film and a short film that was part of the AFI Directing Workshop for Women. Brandy graduated from Cal State Northridge with a degree in Cinema & TV Arts.
Officer Ian Ramer
As the California Highway Patrol’s film liaison, Ian Ramer facilitates permitting for film production on roads, highways, freeways and related state property throughout California. He works with CALTRANS, various road authorities, and production companies, to address safety and operational issues involving production activity. Officer Ramer began his current post last December 2017 after transferring to CHP’s Southern Division office earlier that year. He joined CHP in 2007 and has also served as a public safety dispatcher and commercial vehicle inspection specialist.